Joe Wicks Emotional After Boy With Cancer Learns To Walk Again Through His PE Lessons
Thousands of people have been taking part in the fitness classes across the globe - including parents as well as kids. But one little boy who has immensely benefitted from the lessons is 10-year-old Rueben.
Rueben was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago and has since endured brain surgeries, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
But, thanks to Joe's daily workouts, Rueben has been running up the stairs after being mostly wheelchair bound following his treatment.
At the end of Joe's lesson yesterday, the 33-year-old read out a story that had come from a Facebook post from Rueben's page, Rooting for Rueben.
"Rueben is 10 years old, he was diagnosed a year ago with brain cancer," the post read.
"He has endured two brain surgeries, radio therapy and the most horrific three rounds of chemotherapy.
"He finished treatment in February. It's been really tough. He lost the use of his legs and he was very weak and mostly wheelchair bound, but after only five weeks of treatment ending, Rueben has done PE with Joe every single day!
"All 20 moves - even if he's had to change them. Joe, three weeks ago Rueben couldn't even walk up the stairs unaided. Now he can run down the stairs, and has much more movement going up the stairs.
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"That's huge for a 10 year old who could barley walk at times. So Joe, thank you, not just for supporting everyone all over the world.
"Thank you for helping Rueben to be able to do these everyday things that any child should be able to do. You're touching people's lives in such a positive way, and for our family you've brought us so much joy.
"I hope you get this Joe. See you at 9am tomorrow. Keep smiling everyone because we can all take a positive from a negative and this is one of those moments to acknowledge someone who's touching lives that we don't even know. Well done we applaud you Joe!"
Visibly emotional, Joe wipes a tear away while reading out the touching post.
"Rueben if you're watching, I hope you are, I'm so proud of you, I'm inspired, I'm moved and i'm just overwhelmed by how amazing that message is, it's so inspiring.
"I woke up and read it and when I saw it I was just like, that is the most incredible, beautiful, uplifting message I've ever received."
In a very touching video posted on his Facebook page following Joe's shoutout, Rueben said: "Hi guys, it's Rueben. I just wanted to thank you for all the new followers I've got and the new donations I've got from you guys and all of the nice messages that have cheered me up today.
"And I want to say a big thanks to Joe Wicks as well for spreading the word."
We're sending lots of strength and hope to Rueben. Keep up the incredible work, Joe!
Featured Image Credit: Joe Wicks/YouTube
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